LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - Richard C. Bates, 21 of Laurel, along with two juveniles, both age 17, are being charged with commercial burglary.
Jones County Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to Fast Stop convenience store for an alarm call. An employee stated the front door glass was shattered, causing the alarm to go off. Video surveillance was used and identified the vehicle that was driven away from the scene after the alarm went off.
Approximately two hours later another alarm call sent Jones County Deputies to West Jones Middle School. Deputies saw extensive damage to the front doors and offices located within the building. The football field house also received damage to the inside.
After viewing the video footage from both scenes, enough information was gathered to identify the juveniles involved in the crime. As the investigation continued, Bates was also named as a suspect.
Bates is being charged with two counts of commercial burglary and is making his initial appearance in Jones County Justice Court on Tuesday, June 30, 2015.
The two juveniles pictures and identity are being withheld. They will have hearings to determine if they are tried as adults.
All suspects are being held at the Jones County Juvenile and Adult Detention Centers.